Taurasi a rookie again, but still a role model

Updated: April 13, 2004, 12:38 AM ET
By Mechelle Voepel | Special to ESPN.com

NEW ORLEANS -- The wet stuff was coming down after the women's final Tuesday night. Somebody said, of course, it was "raining cats and dogs."

In fact, it was just "reigning dogs." The UConn Huskies won their third consecutive national title. And the only time in the last five years they didn't win it all, 2001, they lost two stars in Shea Ralph and Svetlana Abrosimova to injury -- and still made the Final Four.

That's not to say Notre Dame wouldn't have still won that NCAA title. It's ...

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